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Pokémon Go July Community Day will feature Mudkip

The next Pokémon Go Community Day in July will feature the Hoenn water starter, Mudkip. The Community Day will take place on July 21 from 4-7 p.m. local time. Note that this is an hour later than usual. During this time, Mudkip spawn rates will be increased and there’ll be a high chance to nab…

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Sega and Ace Team announce SolSeraph, an ActRaiser spiritual successor

Sega and developer Ace Team (Zeno Clash, Rock of Ages) dropped a nice surprise today: They’re making a spiritual successor to ActRaiser, the Super NES action-platformer-city-building-simulation hybrid, called SolSeraph. And that game will be released in just a couple weeks on July 10. SolSeraph’s inspirations are immediately evident. The game is one part side-scrolling action…

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Microsoft, Nintendo, Sony speak out against Trump’s tariffs on consoles

In an unprecedented display of solidarity, the world’s leading video game console manufacturers issued a statement against President Donald Trump’s proposed 25 percent tariffs on consoles manufactured in China. Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony say that the cost will ultimately be passed on to American consumers, and that the proposal would put at risk the jobs…

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Red Dead Online to allow players to remake their characters

Red Dead Online is a very good game mode with one major problem: Its character creator is not great. I spent most of my time with it squinting apprehensively at my avatar’s face as I cranked bars to each extreme, trying to find a difference. After I rolled out of my first character and watched…

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Deathgarden: Bloodharvest set to remove instant executes

Deathgarden: Bloodharvest has the potential to become as popular as its creators’ last project, the horror multiplayer game Dead by Daylight. But first, its studio must solve one big problem: the Hunter’s instant execute mechanic. A new update might have the perfect fix. Deathgarden pits five quick, fragile Scavengers against one deadly Hunter, who is…

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The Myst franchise has another shot at films and TV shows

Village Roadshow Entertainment has acquired the film and TV rights to Cyan Worlds’ Myst franchise of video games, with the intention “to develop a multi-platform universe including film, scripted and unscripted television content.” Yes, the end of that sentence leaves room for a Myst reality program. Village Roadshow will develop and produce alongside the original…

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eBay comes for Amazon Prime Day 2019 with a concurrent “Crash Sale”

Following Amazon’s announcement that its annual Prime Day sale will take place on July 15 and 16, eBay was ready with its own big summer sale announcement. Rather than simply offering competing deals, however, eBay is also taking some pointed shots at Amazon. Dubbed the Crash Sale, eBay plans to “crash the [Prime Day] party”…

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Epic CEO says exclusives are the only way to change status quo

The Epic Games Store pushed its way into the PC games marketplace war late last year with the promise that it would give developers a larger cut of revenue than Steam. Epic started locking down exclusive rights to sell certain games on PC to grow its platform, a decision that hasn’t sat well with some…

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PlayStation Plus free games for July 2019 announced

July is going to be a sporty month for PlayStation Plus subscribers. First up on the list is PES Productions’ Pro Evolution Soccer 2019, last year’s simulation soccer game from Konami. The PES series is the only true competitor to EA Sports’ FIFA franchise, and although it’s missing some of the sport’s top-flight clubs and…

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Co-founder of Visceral Games is joining PUBG Corp. to launch new studio

PUBG Corporation, the developer behind the popular PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, is spinning up a new development studio. Helming the project is industry veteran Glen Schofield, co-founder of Sledgehammer Games. The new studio is called Striking Distance, and it’s based in San Ramon, California. Schofield was most recently front and center for the launch of Call of…

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